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Punjabi songs – More than Bhangra music

Dec 12th 2014 at 11:38 PM

The thought of Punjabi songs, first brings to mind the fast, foot-tapping music of the bhangra. The bhangra is famous owing to its projection in movies, both, Hindi and Punjabi. Not a soul can sit quietly when the bhangra music is on, so fast paced is the beat and the rhythm. Punjabi songs are not just what is portrayed in movies.

Punjabi songs are traditional and religious. The folk music of Punjab is perceived to be the traditional form and has been, for long, communal. One of the more famous kinds of Punjabi folk songs are the dhadi genre which are mostly based on romance and heroic tales. Some of the bollywood songs have embraced this form of Punjabi music and some examples are from the movies Heer-Ranjha and Sahiba-Mirza. Besides, there are the authentic ‘life-cycle’ songs which are usually sung during occasions and are mostly played or sung during ceremonies. Weddings are the most joyous occasions and the Punjabis songs are aplenty in this form.

Suhag, also called the Ghorian, is a special type of ritual song usually sung during wedding ceremonies, in praise of God and also describing the essential qualities of a bride and groom. It is unfortunate that only the more popular forms of music finds place as bollywood songs and it is really sad that people who are looking for traditional Punjabi songs download are almost, always disappointed. There is no dearth of hindi songs downloads in any website offering paid or free downloads.

Only when all these forms of Punjabi songs gain popularity, can the music of Punjab be really appreciated. Else, whatever one hears is presumed to be the best or only form available. Off late, there has cropped up a new Punjabi songs craze, which is also called Punjabi Pop and is thanks to the multitude Punjabi brethren who relocated to countries like the United States of America and United Kingdom. This form of the Punjabi songs came into being during the 1980s and has gained lots of popularity over the period of time and reached its peak during the 1960s.

From this time of the shift in the Punjabi music scenario, lots of branches came up, the Punjabi Pop, the Punjabi fusion music and today there is a global Punjabi music industry. Punjabi fusion music has been popularised thanks to the artist by the name ‘Apache Indian’, who transformed Punjabi music by the use of dhol, reggae lyrics and Punjabi chorus.

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